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Computer Science Field Guide

The Computer Science Field Guide (CSFG) is an online interactive resource for high school students learning about computer science, developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. The latest HTML release of the Computer Science Field Guide can be viewed at This repository aims to be the source for all data associated with the CSFG, and also allows users to suggest improvements or create their own version.

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Project Philosophy

The CSFG aims to be an document used for teaching Computer Science all over the world in many different languages. After using an internal system for creating the guide (from 2012 to 2015), we have moved to a custom open source system. All areas of the project, from chapter text to website design, are now available for all. We want this project to be as accessible as possible to our many user groups, which includes students, teachers and educators, and developers.


Documentation for this project can be found on ReadTheDocs, and can also be built from the documentation source within the docs/ directory.


We would love your help to make this guide the best it can be! Please read our contribution guide to get started.


The content of this project itself is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license (LICENCE-CONTENT file). This license applies to the following contents of this project, with exceptions listed in the LICENCE-CONTENT file:

  • Markdown files located within the csfieldguide/chapters/content/ directory.
  • Images located within the csfieldguide/static/img/ directory.

Third-party libraries used in this project have their licenses listed within the LICENCE-THIRD-PARTY file, with a full copy of the license available within the third-party-licences directory. If a source file of a third-party library or system is stored within this repository, then a copyright notice should be present at the top of the file.

The rest of the project, which is the underlying source code used to manage and display this content, is licensed under the MIT license (LICENCE file).


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